Phil Joy’s fitness fight

Date published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
PROP Phil Joy is battling to beat a groin injury in time for the start of Oldham RL Club’s Championship One campaign in South Wales on March 2.
A scan provided the Roughyeds’ 2013 player of the year with good news and bad news.
It revealed the type of malfunction that, in the consultant’s opinion, did not require immediate surgery.
On the other hand, 22-year-old Joy was advised to undergo a programme of intense rehabilitation which is expected to take several weeks.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “The physio will be monitoring his progress week by week and we’ll take it from there.
“Four or five weeks into the rehab we should have a better idea of where he stands in terms of playing.
“Surgery can’t be ruled out, but it will be a last resort and it will be considered only if the rehab doesn’t work.
“We have every reason to believe, however, that it will do the trick.”
Joy has continued to train throughout his “constant niggles” and he is hoping that, at worst, he will still be allowed to do light work during his period of recovery.
He is, however, bracing himself for enforced inactivity.
Said Joy: “I haven’t yet been told what form the rehab will take. It might be that I have to rest during it, in which case that would set me back.
“I hope to carry on with full training with the rest of the squad, but whatever happens I’ll have to be patient and take things one week at a time.”